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Peter Holstein is of German descent and writes books under a pen name. In the months leading up to the start of World War I, he considers changing his name permanently to prove his loyalty to England, but must first prove his land holdings and citizenship. Rosemary Gresham survives by blending into upper-class society and stealing high-value items. For her next heist, she pretends she is a historian and offers to help Peter trace his family history. He hires her to find his family documents. As she gets to know him, she begins to see she is going down the wrong path and must decide if she should finally change her way of life.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Shadows Over England
Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family's history, their very name?
Peter Holstein, given his family's German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered.
But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors' scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he's more than his name?
Deana5 Stars Out Of 5Great BookAugust 14, 2017DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rosemary is quite a character as you will find in this enchanting story. She is not the typical young woman that men swoon over. She is pretty enough but she has this little secret that could make her not so appealing. Rosemary is well how should I put it? I will just blurt it out and say she is a thief. She does it to help support her family so surely that must be alright. I did like the tightknit "family" Rosemary was a part which consisted of orphans that have decided that they will stick together and run the streets of London.
I loved the description of the era and loved London with all its royalty and parties they gave. I wasn't sure if I was going to like Peter at first. He seemed so unsure of himself and a bit standoffish almost to the point of being arrogant. I did like the fact that Peter was a stutterer. I have read of different afflictions that characters have , but this one was a nice surprise. The author delt with it in a very graceful way and helped me see Peter in a more everyday person and not so much as a stuck up royal snob. Someone is spreading rumors that Peter is not loyal to London and could be helping the Germans.
Rosemary has somehow found her way into the manor where Peter resides. He is in need of a librarian to help him get the library in order. He is also hoping to find documents that will prove his loyalty. Will Rosemary be able to help him? Why is she really there at the manor? I loved how the author slowly developed their characters by writing notes to each other everyday. I found it to be enduring and almost a bit romantic.
There are definite secrets that Peter is keeping that could have consequences. Will he confide in Rosemary? What will happen if Peter finds out that Rosemary is a thief and is out to steal something very valuable from him?
I loved the way the author blends prayers into the story in a way that shows the characters need for help from God. I was captivated by the intrigue and twists that the author placed subtlety in the story. It kept me wanting to read without stopping. You don't want to miss this story that deals with forgiveness and trust.
I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion.
gccbookworm5 Stars Out Of 5To Steal a NameAugust 13, 2017gccbookwormQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An unforgettable book with unforgettable characers. From the first page to the last page Roseanna White does not disappoint the reader with her latest book "A Name Unknown." Set in England in 1914, Rosemary Gresham is a thief. Her newest assignment is to determine if Peter Holstein is a traitor to England. With the ear of the King and a German heritage, many are questioning Peter's loyalty. Rosemary has stolen things but never a name. On top of the assignment her "brother" challenges her to steal a manor house. Peter Holstein is in need of help with his library to help clean up and sort books and personal papers. He hires Rosemary, who impersonates as a librarian, only to discover as time progresses he is attracted to her. While Rosemary is drawn to Peter she continues her search for documents about his loyalty and lineage and an answer to what he is typing. As for Peter, his faith remains steadfast during his trials and tribulations. A fast paced mystery and historical romance all wrapped up in one between two book covers! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse to give my honest opinion.
LeAnneGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Name Unknown by Roseanna WhiteAugust 13, 2017LeAnneGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I started reading this book I had no idea it would be so amazing! This is one of the best books I have read all year! The characters felt very real, and with Roseanna White's wonderful writing style I quickly connected with Rosemary and the other characters. The story was rich in detail, and I loved the historical setting. When the answers to Peter's family history were needed to prove important facts, a race to find the truth started. And the adventure took some unbelievable turns along the way. It was an amazing story, and I can not wait for the next book in the series to come out!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. The opinions are my own.
Quiet Reader5 Stars Out Of 5Sherlock Holmes Meets Robin HoodAugust 12, 2017Quiet ReaderQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rosemary Gresham lives the only way she knows how- by being a professional pickpocket and thief. She's one of the best at this profession, and needs the money she gains from it to help support the only family she's had for years- her "little" family of fellow street thieves. However, the next job her mysterious employer has for her is one of the hardest yet- she must infiltrate the house of a prominent Englishman and discover if his loyalties lie with his country or with his German roots.
Everyone in World-War-I-approaching England seems convinced that Peter Holstein is a staunch German, despite his English citizenship. When he hires who he thinks is a (somewhat prickly) lady librarian to organize his library and help him discover documents that would prove his citizenship, he doesn't imagine that he may be harboring the enemy in his very home- and neither could predict the attraction that slowly grows between them.
This story starts off in the dark nighttime streets of Sherlock-esque London and and sets off at full steam ahead from there. A Name Unknown has a different vibe than Roseanna M. White's last series from Bethany House publishers (the Ladies of the Manor series), but that is only a credit to her awesome writing skills, as the series focus is, I think, mainly on professional thieves. So you wanted it to feel different. I loved the Sherlock Holmes-meets-Robin-Hood tone especially, the family of thieves who "steal from the rich to give to the poor" reminding me (happily not in an in-your-face, but instead a rather charming way) of a combination of the famous outlaws of Sherwood forest and the Baker Street Regulars from Sherlock Holmes' old London. This idea of the book is phenomenal, and I absolutely love it- former street orphans who aren't related by blood, but become family (a real loving, teasing, I'd-do-anything-for-you kind of relationship) banding together. They're thieves, yes, but first and foremost, people, with likes and dislikes, hobbies and talents.
And Peter and Rosemary are as endearing as any of Mrs. White's previous main characters. They might be my favorite yet, in fact. They fit together perfectly- her with her bold and impulsive, tough and slightly crusty personality, and he with his quiet wit and honesty, steady love, and true faith in God. As individuals their stories were interesting, but together they were even better, and I think they may be my #1 favorite fictional book couple of the month.
Questions rise as you race your way to the sweet, fulfilling and exciting ending- exciting in the fact that the street family's adventures are not over, they've only just begun. The last bits give off the sweet, heart-tugging exciting ending you'd imagine from the end of a TV series pilot episode or at the season 1 finale- you leave touched and smiling, yet invigorated, eager to find out what these beloved characters will do next. And apparently the next book in the series will be about Willa, Rosemary's adopted sister, and is set to release in January of 2018.
Note: I got this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. WhiteAugust 11, 2017MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Name Unknown # 1 Shadows Over England by Roseanna M. White
I love the setting...1914, London, where we meet Rosemary Gresham and Peter Holstein and a whole host of colorful characters that bring this story to life. I can just picture the very second when Rosemary--who is the "librarian" that came to arrange Peter's disastrous library, or "cave", and locate important journals/documents for him--was shown the infamous library and her disbelief and shock. Oh my, the thoughts that must have run through her mind and the impossibility of the job before her in the time allotted! She is also very curious about what Peter is typing away at all day, everyday, in his study and is so secretive about. Of course, Rosemary has her own secrets she is keeping closely hidden.
Of all the characters, Peter is my favorite. His integrity, honesty and faith are so much a part of him as is his breathing. If only others would look past the stuttering and get to know him, they too would see his true heart as Rosemary has come to. I think when Rosemary walked into Peter's door, she was searching for something, other than what she was sent to find...or Someone...and as Peter shares the love of Christ, she is able to see the love of God in action (won't say more, don't want to spoil anything) which certainly caused turmoil within her heart and mind. Another favorite character is little Elowyn. We don't see a lot of her, but she is precious and adores Peter...whom she is "going to marry when she gets older", she declares. There are characters with evil intentions and I tried to figure out who they were and who the mysterious Mr. V. was and what he was really after.
A Name Unknown is a fantastic Edwardian, historical romance, filled with mystery and intrigue, danger, fears and suspense, joys and sorrows, judgments and forgiveness, second chances, love and faith. We see first-hand contrasts between those with wealth and those living in poverty, those who are street wise and those who are not, fear and strength, those without faith and those with strong faith woven within the story-line and the characters lives. I love the historical aspects of the story and the author's attention to detail brings the story to a level above others. I appreciate the inspirational elements of the story, especially the life-lessons about prayer and letting God change us. Some of the quotes I found especially meaningful in regards to a person's name, one in particular: ..page 327, "...My father told me that all a man has is his name..I've realized there's only one name that matters..And it's Christian..Christ-follower..If I am that, then I am all I need to be..."
~I received a copy of this book from the author (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~